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Hundreds arrested in immigration raid

May 13, 2008

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— Federal immigration agents raided a northeastern Iowa meat processing plant Monday, arresting more than 300 people and housing many of them at a converted fairgrounds.

The raid of the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville was the largest in state history and had been planned for months, said U.S. Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth.

The raid, one of several conducted at meat-processing plants around the country in recent years, was aimed at seeking evidence of identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers and people who are in the country illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Tim Counts said.

Agriprocessors, the world's largest kosher meatpacking plant, did not return messages seeking comment.

Of those arrested, 44 were released for humanitarian reasons, primarily because they must care for children. They were ordered to report to court later.

Others arrested were held in local jails or driven by bus about 75 miles to temporary housing at the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo. Federal authorities previously leased the fairgrounds and have turned it into a secure center.

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

What about the people who are here legally (student visa), but are working illegally? You'd have plenty of places to start raiding right here in L-Town.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

The Mexican police are very severe with people sneaking across their southern border. Perhaps we should be more like our brothers across the Rio Grande.

vpete69 6 years, 7 months ago

Anxiousatheist, I would rather have a machine do those jobs than have illegal aliens do them while racking up a $12 billion per year tax deficit. I wont mention the $20 billion per year that the US spends in providing them with medical care and welfare. If they want to be here so bad, they should do it the right way. You claim that 'they work soooo hard in the sh!tty jobs that nobody wants...' Bullsh!te. If they're such hard workers, why cant they take some time to learn English, and learn some US history so they can come here legally? I know why. Because they know that they dont have to. Its people like anxiousatheist that force the rest of us to have to learn Spanish in order to accommodate these invaders. I have been denied 3 jobs in the last 6 months because I didn't know spanish. The jobs werent in restaurants or lettuce fields. We're racist if we're against illegal immigration? Wrong. We're realists. Its kind of hard to be racist when 99.9% of the illegal immigration that occurs in the US is from Mexico. Now, if there were 3000 Canadians (in addition to the 3000 Mexicans) coming across the border every day, costing us $32 billion per year, and I said nothing about them...then you could say I was racist. I love how everyone pulls the race card to validate their arguments. Its people like anxiousatheist who get these ideas into the illegal's heads. The ideas that they can just come right over and we'll take care of them. And it has worked. Why should they have to learn english when they know that we're being forced to learn spanish for them. Why should they apply for US citizenship when they know that lawsuits will be filed if they get deported. Why should they when they know they will get welfare and medical coverage for not doing anything. We have now burdened our economy and our people for a group's misfortune. F that.It's a shame that their country takes such sh!tty care of their people. Instead of talking about how poor the people in Mexico are, and how they come here for a better life...shouldnt we be working on fixing the corruption in their government? Shouldnt we stop all commerce and trade with Mexico? Its not going back into their economy, so why not? If the Mexican government expects the USA to take care of their people, I think we should at least get something from them. Either land or oil. Do you have any idea how much oil they have. I am a HUGE fan of the oil for illegals program.

notajayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says: "The Mexican police are very severe with people sneaking across their southern border."They don't want the Costa Ricans taking American jobs away from Mexicans.

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